Although the MRI and CAT scan he underwent back in Los Angeles yesterday didn’t show any new damage to his left ankle, Andre Ethier probably won’t play again before the regular season ends on Sunday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said today.
“Not really, I don’t (think he will),” Mattingly said. “But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t moving forward.”
Mattingly said it’s entirely possible that even if Ethier doesn’t play during the regular season, he will be on the roster and available for the National League Division Series, which begins a week from today. But after saying earlier this week that Ethier will need to be able to run the bases in order to be on the playoff roster, Mattingly seemed less committal on that subject today when asked if the team might carry Ethier strictly as a pinch hitter.
“I don’t want to get into a lot of different scenarios (now),” Mattingly said. “I just think that is something we really need to discuss.”
Since leaving a Sept. 13 game against the Giants after aggravating his sprained ankle, Ethier has made just a single pinch-hitting appearance on Sunday at San Diego in which he struck out. He tested his ankle before Monday’s game here and was able to do everything without pain EXCEPT turn corners while running the bases.